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Silliness raised to an art as Monty Python musical Spamalot comes to Norwich

PUBLISHED: 08:34 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:34 30 May 2017

Threshold Theatre is staging the musical Spamalot, based loosely on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, at Norwich Playhouse. Picture: Submitted

Threshold Theatre is staging the musical Spamalot, based loosely on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, at Norwich Playhouse. Picture: Submitted

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Multi-award winning music theatre group Threshold Theatre is staging the award-winning musical based loosely on Monty Python and the Holy Grail at Norwich Playhouse.

Threshold Theatre is staging the musical Spamalot, based loosely on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, at Norwich Playhouse. Picture: SubmittedThreshold Theatre is staging the musical Spamalot, based loosely on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, at Norwich Playhouse. Picture: Submitted

Described by John Cleese as “the silliest thing I have ever seen”, Spamalot, based loosely on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, had the last laugh scooping three Tony awards.

It rewrites the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table but diverts from more traditional versions of the legend, featuring all kinds of shenanigans including dancing girls, fish slapping, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, shrubberies and coconut shells.

Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best New Musical the hilarious Spamalot was written by Python legend Eric Idle, with a fantastic score co-written by John DuPrez.

It features some magical tunes including He is Not Dead Yet, The Song That Goes Like This, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course the nation’s favourite comedy song, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

Threshold Theatre is staging the musical Spamalot, based loosely on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, at Norwich Playhouse. Picture: SubmittedThreshold Theatre is staging the musical Spamalot, based loosely on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, at Norwich Playhouse. Picture: Submitted

It is now being staged at Norwich Playhouse by the Threshold Theatre Company, the multi-award winning Norfolk musical theatre group.

Show director Dan Rayner said that Threshold Theatre Company were delighted to have the opportunity to stage the musical, which he believes will be enjoyed by all generations even those who did not grow up with Monty Python.

“Monty Python was loved by so many during its peak and as the shows writer Eric Idle once said, people have introduced their sons and their sons introduce their sons, and daughters so that all generations can enjoy it,” he said.

“We have an extremely talented cast and team working hard on what is a very challenging performance piece and I know they are looking forward to ‘searching for the grail’ when the show opens.”

Threshold Theatre is staging the musical Spamalot, based loosely on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, at Norwich Playhouse. Picture: SubmittedThreshold Theatre is staging the musical Spamalot, based loosely on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, at Norwich Playhouse. Picture: Submitted

He added the show comes with a disclaimer that Spamalot pokes fun at almost everyone and everything, even Broadway musicals and that means it is appropriate over-12s who can appreciate the unique Pythonesque sense of humour.

“That, without apology, can appear cheeky, impertinent, irreverent, disrespectful, and sometimes just plain rude,” he adds. “But to the sophisticated and discerning eye, it is silliness raised to an art form and all good fun.”

• Spamalot, Norwich Playhouse, May 30-June 3, various times, £19 (£17 Tues cons/matinee), 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

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